Join DNR Fishery Biologist Nick Legler for a hands-on tour of Wisconsin’s largest Chinook Salmon egg collecting facility at Strawberry Creek, adjacent to the Door County Land Trust’s Ship Canal Nature Preserve. Every October mature Chinook salmon swim up Strawberry Creek to spawn. Their eggs are collected, fertilized and then transferred to fish hatcheries to be reared to fingerlings. Each spring a pond at Strawberry Creek is re-stocked with over 120,000 salmon fingerlings so they will imprint on the creek and return there to spawn when they are mature. Following the tour, we’ll take a short hike on rustic trails into the Ship Canal Nature Preserve to view the mouth of Strawberry Creek where it drains into the ship canal. We’ll also learn more about the preserve’s unique ridges, swales, wetlands and dunes along the shore of Lake Michigan.
$10 per person • Open to the Public
Hike Leader: Nick Legler, WI-DNR Fish Bioloist
Co-Leader: Tom Clay
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